Opinion: Reading 3-3 Watford
Friend of Vital Watford, Chris Nunn, brings us his thoughts on Watford`s scintillating 3-3 draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon...
The second half was much better. We still didn't get going very quickly and Reading made a few chances for themselves.
Overall a good comeback, somewhat fortunate Reading didn't make the most of their possession or attacking chances but still, we battled back.
We need to start games brighter and get our tactics right before kick off, not mid-way through the second half!
Deeney annoyed me with his lack of movement and what looked like effort. Didn't deserve a goal to his name and hopefully Gianfranco Zola can give our self proclaimed talisman a kick up the backside!
Fernando Forestieri was doing a lot but made to drift too far from his position. He still did a lot of good, though and had a great effort saved by Reading 'keeper, Alex McCarthy. His ball retention wasn't great either.
Lewis McGugan was very impressive.He was consistent in both halves and didn't make any (or many) notable mistakes and put a good shift in. He did well when we switched from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3.
Ikechi Anya`s schoolboy tactic of knocking the ball past his marker before scampering onto it wasn`t particularly effective, but did create a few openings nonetheless.
Manuel Almunia`s distribution was poor, but he was not helped out by his defence for any of the Royals` goals.
Joel Ekstrand looked OK to start with but took a knock in the first half and then struggled. His replacement, Reece Brown, was brilliant; looked good defensively and when playing the ball out - we may see a bit more of him soon.
Fellow substitute Diego Fabbrini was really good when he came on and changed the game. The ball stuck to him and was happy to take on defenders. He made the most of the slight contact in the box for the penalty but the Reading defender did go to ground...
Javier Acuña looked good. He worked hard and did a lot more in 10 or 15 mins than Deeney did all game!
Almen Abdi wasn't amazing but did well overall. The Swiss was tad lightweight again today and caught in possession too much; still, another assist.
Davide Faraoni looked good today. He was a bit suspect in the first-half but in the second and in a more attacking role, he looked good. The formation changed helped him a lot. A good headed goal as well.
Gabriele Angella looked solid enough but was caught out by pace and his distribution was poor on the whole.
Lloyd Doyley was OK, but got caught out by movement a bit. The pacey Royston Drenthe was down his wing a lot. Still a solid performance.
Iriney...hmmm. I want to say he did OK but he really didn't. His challenging was poor and passing too slow. Looked better without him but no denying his physical attributes are useful. Kept coming too far forward for a defensive midfielder and left the defence exposed.
Overall a good comeback, somewhat fortunate reading didn't make the most of their possession or attacking chances but still we battled back.
We need to start games brighter and get out tactics right before kick off not mid way through the second half!
My Man-of-the-Match:between McGugan for his consistency, Brown for his excellent display after coming on and Fabbrini for his attacking input and penalty win off the bench once more.